I am embarrassed when I'm ill…

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  1. badmomgoodmom

    I went to see three rheumatologists before I found the right one for me. Of course, the right one had the longest wait. But his staff had to book a very long appointment (hence the wait) so that he could do a thorough new patient exam and interview. Now that I am a regular patient and the appts are shorter, waits to see him are not long.

    Often, the better, more thorough doctors just book further out for new patients. I’d suggest seeing more than one. They each may see something that the others miss. Do get tested for the HLA-B27 gene marker. They checked me for RA, lupus and lyme disease, too. But it turned out to be HLA-B27. And that explained my family history of immune disease.

  2. Jan

    Hope you and Gerry both feel better soon!

    The class sounds great! I’m particularly interested in Part III, how to fit however you knit into the rest of the knitting world’s standards. I use what I believe to be your method of combination knitting when the ribbing or cabling needs to look really nice; otherwise, I’m a wrapper from the right hand, purling clockwise.

  3. Paula

    I just signed up for Stefanie’s shawl class from Jan 17 – Feb 7… PLEASE o pretty please …schedule your class from Feb 8th or so … I am afraid I couldn’t do both at the same time … just a selfish request I know but I thought I would give it a try !

  4. Leslie

    On the fat thing — I had one doc tell me that but he shut up when I reached out and prodded his belly. Unless the doc’s in super shape just remember who you are (a heck of a lot more well known that s/he) and ask if that’s really germane or just an opinion. MD does NOT equal major (or even minor) deity.

    love the idea of the on-line classes.

  5. Anonymous

    So sorry you are having to cope with this illness. Feeling crummy makes everything harder. Your online class sounds great — I’ve wanted to take your combo-knitting class but the timing never worked out. Just wondering about the sign-up form requiring a birthdate. What’s the reason for that?

  6. Laura

    Sorry you and Gerry are not feeling well. What you’re suffering sounds suspiciously like my own auto-immune issues right now. I would not rule out any of your suspicions, even if your doctor initially did.

    What kind of dog is that with Gerry? Gosh, from that position in the picture, it looks just like my “Lucy,” a new Black Lab that I got from the South Central Los Angeles dog pound. I’ve never had a breed dog before… it’s weird to keep stumbling into other dogs that look just like her.

    Stay warm and I hope things improve soon.

  7. kristi

    Feel better, the lot of you!

    I am so excited to hear that you are starting out with the Geography of Knit — I’d love to hear your ideas about this. Every once in a while, my inner anthropologist rears up, and this is her current fascination. I find it so interesting that even when I teach a new knitter who swears up and down that she’s never held a pair of needles, I can see that she has (or has at least seen it) and likely some of her family history!

  8. kristi

    Interestingly, I find that knitters whose families come from Mexico tend to knit Combo/Continental! Brazilian knitters knit like the Portuguese, with the yarn tensioned around the neck. Along with the language, they got the knitting style, and kept it. Australians tend to knit like the Victorians, with that daintier pencil grip…

  9. maxine

    If you have never done it, I can’t suggest strongly enough that you need to investigate accupuncture. email me if you care to discuss it further. I am as wussy as one can be about needles and docs and I go regularly now and it’s a thing of beauty.

  10. Angela

    Hello…you sound a wee bit like me …after all the tests you mention and lots of chronic tonsilitis/sinusitis and along with fattening thyroid probs, I ended up with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia. It’s a sucky diagnosis as there is not much they can do to help but it might be worth discussing with your doctor.

    P.S. I was also tested for all the mosquito borne diseases…

    P.P.S. Thank you for saying your bit for knitwear designers everywhere!

  11. Tammy

    “I’ll talk about whether you’re a Right handed (English) or Left handed (Continental) knitter”

    Annie, I’m a left-handed continental knitter, formerly a left-handed English knitter. I’m confused as to why you refer to left-handed knitting (from the right needle to the left needle) as continental knitting. If you have some time, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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